Handling your kids social media isn’t as easy as many make it seem like. You have to deal with all sorts of creeps and cyber-bullies where each day, new and new creeps and bullies arise. However, it can all be a piece of cake by simply following these tips:
There are privacy settings on Instagram that allow you to determine who follows you. With privacy settings, sending out a request is the only way to become a follower of someone. This way is a lot safer than having a public profile because only those who you approve to follow you can see your pictures. Privacy settings also keep away unwanted followers because everyone who wants to follow you has to go through your dashboard and be approved by you.
Some people who are either oblivious or think they are invincible to online harassment or tracking often have their profile picture set to one of their face. This can be dangerous because if your first name and (at extreme times) your last name are on your profile, creepy people can easily do a Google search and find where you live, your age, what school you go to, where you work, your parents, your spouse, your current location. My recommendation is not to use a picture of yourself for your profile.
There is a feature on Instagram where you can share the location of where you took the picture. If you choose this setting, you can tag your picture to anything you want, but if you click on that location once the post is up, the app brings you to a map and a small dot exactly where you were when you took the picture. To ensure safety, turn off location settings in the app.
Following and Followers
If you do an excess amount of “Following” it can be bad. You could look like an attention getter and you’re putting yourself on someone else’s radar by following them. More following leads to more followers. This can lead to more people seeing you and anything you put out there. The worst part is that someone watching could be a 40 year old man faking as a 15 year old girl.
Ask Your Parents to Help You
Make sure that you reach out to your parents to help keep you safe. One way is they can check your account. I always give my Mom my iPod to check what I’ve been posting once a week. She checks the photos and comments as well as the amount of followers I have. If she sees something that she doesn’t like, I have to take it down. This helps me to think before I post, it helps me to judge what I should be posting or what I should keep to myself. (Source: buzzfeed.com).